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Martha von Maydell

Martha von Maydell - International paper artist. Germany

The Berlin-based illustrator Martha von Maydell engineers papercraft images that are so tactile people want to reach out and touch them. Feathers, snowflakes, leaves and more feature in many of her best pieces, but she’s versatile enough to create everything from human beings to rocket ships. Each component is meticulously cut from paper, and every illustration assembles colour, form and texture in unique and inspiring ways.
Plants and animals are key sources of inspiration for Martha. After studying graphic design she worked in a studio, and before becoming an illustrator was production assistant on the CGI TV series Super 4, inspired by Playmobil toys.

Approach

Everything Martha creates is cut from coloured paper and glued down. She loves not just forming the images from the shapes, but building them up so that the outlines and shadows are clear, giving the artwork plenty of texture and therefore much more physical presence. Sometimes she uses a little chalk powder to create colour transitions, bringing another dimension to the papercraft approach.

Style

Martha’s style is decorative, striking, colourful and full of detail. She keeps it unique by adding new techniques, and constantly looks for fresh ideas to adopt in her work.

Client list

Martha has worked for a range of corporate and publishing clients including Stihl, Playmobil, Volkswagen Financial Services, Inside Housing, Eltern, Harmony, Gala, Nisan Magazine and many more.
Chuck Israels
Chuck Israels
Marta Spendowska captures jazz musician Chuck Israels for a tour invitation.
Chuck Israels
Marta Spendowska's SCRAPBOOK
Marta Spendowska's SCRAPBOOK
A Polish artist living in the USA, Marta Spendowska is interviewed for our Scrapbook feature.
Marta Spendowska's SCRAPBOOK
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
The New York Observer commission Marta Spendowska for a cover portrait of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
International Delights
International Delights
Marta Spendowska illustrates the packaging for International Delight's new Simply Pure Creamers.
International Delights
Juicy Fruits
Juicy Fruits
Marta Spendowska illustrates a fruity spread for Better Homes and Gardens.
Juicy Fruits
Eilenn Chang
Eilenn Chang
Marta Spendowska is commissioned by the Chinese University to illustrate the famous creative writer Eileen Chang.
Eilenn Chang
Acoustic Cycles
Acoustic Cycles
Marta Spendowska illustrates a beautiful album cover for EMI Production Music.
Acoustic Cycles
Rose Geranium for Macmillan
Rose Geranium for Macmillan
Marta Spendowska illustrates the packaging for Floris' Bath Essence, created in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. 
Rose Geranium for Macmillan
Smashing illustrations for Brands
Smashing illustrations for Brands
Smashing illustrations for Brands
Stella and Sprouts
Stella and Sprouts
Stella and Sprouts
New Talent: Marta Spendowska
New Talent: Marta Spendowska
Marta Spendowska's watercolours are refreshing and distinctive.
New Talent: Marta Spendowska
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